Sample Itinerary of An Amazon Cruise to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

by Captain Bill

Dawn on the Amazon in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Sample Itinerary of an Amazon Cruise to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

The itinerary begins with assistance from the Iquitos Airport to the hotel or the boat.

Boats can not leave port without the Captain of the Ports inspection and by his authority. We have very little, to no control of our starting time, but usually it is by 8:00 AM

First you will be introduced to the crew, assigned your cabin, and given a complete tour of the boat. Coffee and tea will be ready, and you can place your order for breakfast. Three large meals plus snacks will be served every day while you are on board. Coffee will be brewed every morning by first light. We are Dawn on the Amazon. The food will be better and more of it than you probably expect. You can whet your appetite over a sample menu at this link;

http://dawnontheamazon.com/blog/2007/08/29/peruvian-cuisine-with-dawn-on-the-amazon/

Please let us know in advance about your special dietary requirements.

One of the great nature appreciation voyages and destinations is an Amazon Cruise to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve with Dawn on the Amazon. Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is a huge protected wetland larger than some countries and states. There are three entrances that we can access depending on conditions and circumstances. We will choose the entrance that should provide the best experience depending on the water level, and other factors at the time of the cruise.

All of the first day, and most of the second day will be on the Amazon River, and can include an opportunity to visit a water buffalo farm, a rum making operation, or to observe a family of wooden boat builders at work with hand tools, the old fashioned way.

Safety is our primary concern and trumps the itinerary every time. Flexibility is the keyword for an Amazon cruise itinerary. Distances are great, so we will run well after dark as long as conditions are safe.

We will start the next morning at first light around 5:00 AM. In the afternoon we will come to the geographically significant confluence of the Ucayali and the Marañon Rivers, where the Amazon River begins. A complimentary Pisco Sour, the Peruvian national drink, will be served.

When we enter the confluence you will have arrived at Pacaya Samiria National Reserve which is located between the Ucayali and the Marañon rivers. You will cruise along side the reserve until we arrive at one of the main entrances of choice.

If the water is high, and conditions favorable we will probably choose to take you up the Ucayali River to enter the reserve on the Pacaya River on the fourth day. The distance from Iquitos to the Pacaya River is 341 kilometers.

If the water is low we will probably choose to take you up the Marañon River and enter the reserve on the Samiria River on the third day.

Either way we will run as late each night as safety permits, and start each morning at first light until we enter Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

When we enter the reserve it is like entering a different world, even our pace will change. We slow down to 6-8 kilometers per hour, because that is our best bird watching, wildlife, and plant life observation speed. We will stop frequently when we see interesting wild life, or plant life such as blooming orchids or bromeliads. Chances are good we will be surrounded by pink dolphins. You will have the opportunity to swim, fish, take jungle hikes, and make small boat excursions both day and night. We will tie up before dark, preferably near a ripe fruit or nut tree, to lure wildlife to us. If our lure works we will remain tied up the next morning for a leisurely breakfast. In the evening we will hoist a Peruvian champaign toast.

One of the best benefits of Dawn on the Amazon is electrical power is stored in 8 deep cell batteries that weigh 320 pounds apiece. When we tie up for the night we shut the engines off and listen to nature’s sounds, instead of diesel generator sounds. All of the boat’s electrical equipment continues to run, including the refrigeration to keep the beer cold. Sweet. Dawn III is the only boat in the upper Amazon of Peru that provides the benefit of jungle sounds while you charge your camera batteries for the next morning’s photo shoot.

When appropriate we will use our excursion boat, Dawncita, the little Dawn, a 26 ft (8meter) double hulled aluminum boat, with a capacity of 15 passengers. She is powered by a 40 HP 4 stroke Johnson, one of the quietest motors on the Amazon River. We also will tow our open Jon boat with a 15 HP four stroke, and a large canoe.

We will time our departure from the reserve to arrive back in Iquitos late afternoon on the last day of our scheduled Amazon cruise, or in time to catch your flight out of Iquitos to Lima.

Sample Itinerary of an Amazon Cruise to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Bill Grimes, President of Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises

Click the link to learn more about Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Read an interesting post about our Amazon Cruise to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve to study Pink Dolphin communication.

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